The American Statistical Association (ASA) has named Abel Rodriguez, UW Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistics, as the Treasurer for the Council of Sections (COS) for 2021 and 2022. The COS Treasurer serves as liaison between the ASA’s office and its 29 Sections on financial matters, coordinates and provides guidance to the Section Treasurers on their annual budget submissions, and serves as the Chair of the Financial Oversight Committee, among other duties. Rodriguez’s role as COS Treasurer means that he will also serve as a member of the COS Governing Board as well as its Executive Committee.
ASA Sections cover a field of statistical theory, methodology, or application that is sufficiently broad to represent active professional interests within the scope of the Association. Sections are defined by these fields of study, and not by geographic representation of members or operational concerns of the Association. Overall, the objective of the Council of Sections is to support the goals and interests of the ASA's sections that are aligned with the Association. The Council of Sections encourages the development of sections, assists in the promotion of section activities, fosters member involvement in functions of the association, and promotes communication and cooperation among them.